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Is your business taking its environmental impact seriously

With the Environment Agency's A Better Place? report still in mind, Brian Millsom looks at environmental and procurement interactions

Researchers Christopher Lehmann, left, and David Gay completed a 25-year study of acidic pollutants in rainwater collected across the US

Study links cuts in energy emissions to reduction in acid rain

A 25-year-study has proven cuts to emissions have reduced acid rain fall in the United States.

PUMA Chairman and CEO Jochen Zeitz

Environmental impact 'costs' PUMA almost 100 million Euro

PUMA and parent company PPR Group today (May 16) announced the results of the economic valuation of its environmental impact through its operations.

A bit of a damp squib?

Rainwater harvesting is a good idea, but potential users need to consider all the implications, says Steve Cupples.

Photo Credit - Martin Hartley

Ocean acidification team reach North Pole

A team of Arctic explorers have arrived at the North Pole at the end of a gruelling 60 day scientific survey across the floating sea ice of the Arctic Ocean.

Air quality programme calls on comedy support and social media to engage public

A North East initiative has harnessed the power of comedy and social media to tackle the issue of poor air quality in urban areas, where the main cause is unnecessary private vehicle journeys.

Volcano had little impact on air quality

The recent eruptions of the Icelandic volcano has little impact on air quality across the rest of Europe.

Emissions causing ocean acidification at 'unprecedented' rate

Man made carbon dioxide emissions are causing ocean acidification at an 'unprecedented' rate, according to a study by the US-based National Research Council.

Healing the World

In an exclusive interview, Norway's former prime minister and UN special envoy on climate change, Gro Harlem Brundtland, tells Erik Jaques why world leaders at Copenhagen may have disappointed, but COP15 was anything but a failure

No more plain sailing

Considering that 90% of the world's traded goods travel by sea, and that shipping produces twice the emissions of aircraft (and counting), the regulators have given the industry an easy ride. But, writes Mike Scott, testing times have appeared on its horizon

Tracking and controlling air pollution

With air quality issues at the Beijing Olympics making headlines around the world, Phil Branchflower, air quality associate at SLR Consulting, reviews the impact of pollutants on local air quality.

Power plant pollution unnecessarily high

Existing technology could cut the pollution from power stations to a fraction of its current levels if only it were installed.

Cincinnati, like most American cities, has its own smog problems

Polluting Ohio acid factory fined $750,000

A Cincinnati factory which produces nitric acid for agriculture and armaments has been fined $750,000 for trying to dodge its environmental responsibilities and emitting unacceptable levels of polluting gases.

Is your business taking its environmental impact seriously

With the Environment Agency's A Better Place? report still in mind, Brian Millsom looks at environmental and procurement interactions

Industrial air pollution costing Europe billions a year, says EEA

New research has revealed the "hidden costs" of industrial air pollution across Europe as data shows pollution caused by the 10,000 most polluting facilities resulted in costs of up to Euro169bn in 2009.

Forthcoming cases

A number of communities from across the Niger Delta, have filed a legal action, against the Nigerian government, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Shell, Exxon, Chevron, Total and Agip joint venture companies in order to bring a stop to the practice of gas flaring.

Merchant shipping bill goes before Lords

Victims of oil pollution from tankers could receive extra compensation if a bill currently being examined by the House of Lords gets passed.

Information nation

Caroline May, partner and head of Hammonds' safety, health and environment group and professional support lawyer Julie Lunt explain changes to legislation governing access to environmental information

Better buildings

Tom Harvey of the Building Research Establishment explains BREEAM Offices 2004

Up in the air

Rob Bell investigates further policy measures to reduce industrial emissions

The environment - how much of a challenge is it to EU entry?

For many of the former Communist states of Central and Eastern Europe bringing environmental standards up to European Union levels is perhaps the greatest barrier to their long dreamed of entry into the Community, following decades of heavy industry and coal use and often little reporting of emissions and pollution levels.

Technically speaking

WWT's technical editor Peter Minting reports on the decline of acid rain

Schematic of Physiologically Based Extraction Test (PBET) experimental system, designed around paediatric gastrointestinal tract parameters for a child 2-3 years old.

Heavy Metals

Heavy metals have in the past been amenable to traditional 'wet chemistry' analytical techniques. Unfortunately they tend to suffer from a relatively poor detection limit, and as we know, 'the dose makes the poison'. Paul Board, Robertson Laboratories, on modern metal analysis.

Continuous growth

Though considered progressive at the time, the US Clean Air Act, passed in 1969, has proven insufficient. Amended in 1990, sweeping revisions have been implemented in an attempt to curb the three major threats to the nation's environment and to the health of millions of Americans: acid rain, urban air pollution and toxic air emissions. Bill Worthington, ABB Analytical, outlines some new developments in continuous emission monitoring systems (CEMS).

Making sense of smell

Gas molecules locked up in a solute do not smell. Surfactant Induced Absorption Technology (SIAT), by harnessing the principles of acid rain, achieves unprecedented results in the removal of odorous gases from air. Dave Stanley, E3 Consultants, explains the technology, now available on wheels.

EPA report says air quality improving

The US Environmental Protection Agency has released its annual air trends report this week, along with new acid rain data. Both sets of results show steady improvement despite increases in energy consumption and vehicle miles travelled.

EU Parliament votes to cut sulphur emissions

The European Parliament has voted, by an overwhelming majority of 498 to 1, to toughen a bill on cutting sulphur emissions from marine fuel.

Calcium-rich foods, required by the adult wood thrush, are harder to find in soils leached by acid rain (courtesy Mike Hopiak/Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

Acid rain harming song birds?

Acid rain may be responsible for declining numbers of songbirds, claims a new study published by US scientists. The study shows a clear link between acid rain and a change in the breeding habits of the North American wood thrush. Ecologists suggest that calcium depletion in the soil is affecting the bird’s food supply.

Ozone and carbon dioxide tests in Wisconsin (courtesy UWM)

Fungi symbiosis could protect trees from acid rain

Some trees could use fungi to combat the effects of acid rain – which strips calcium from soils - by making greater amounts of calcium available to them, according to research published in the journal Nature. A second similar study has revealed that high levels of carbon dioxide and ozone combined could alter forest ecosystems.

BP launches first ever sulphur-free petrol and diesel in UK

BP has announced the launch of sulphur-free unleaded and sulphur-free diesel fuel, which had their global launch at 18 service stations in Edinburgh on 18 February.

Southern Siberian region found to be polluted by rocket fuel in September

A year in Europe - looking back over the last 12 months

edie's news editor, Helen André, puts this years European news stories in perspective.

Air pollutant emissions and acid rain on the decrease in the UK

Emissions of greenhouse gases have fallen since 1990, says a new report, with lead down by 80%, Dioxins and Furans down by 70% and sulphur dioxide down by 68%, says a new report, with a second survey revealing that aquatic habitats damaged by acid rain are showing signs of recovery due to a 50% cut in acid rain.

Stricter new air quality rules become law

The European Council has approved two major EU air quality directives which will cut acid rain and smog and help the implementation of Kyoto Protocol commitments.

The ‘population question’ needs to be handled with care by the UK at the Earth Summit

The thorny issue of keeping the human population in check in order to protect the environment and to raise the standard of living in developing countries needs to be handled with care at the Earth Summit in Johannesburg next year and should occur in conjunction with the wealthy West cleaning up its own environmental act, according to a United Nations Environment and Development (UNED) UK working group.

UNEP and ten Asian countries to tackle acid rain using modelling techniques

Ten Asian countries are strengthening their efforts to save their forests and buildings from the growing rate of acid rain, with the permanent formation of the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET).

Lake biology is slow to recover from acid rain

Two decades of research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have revealed that while the chemistry of a lake can recover from acid rain relatively quickly under natural conditions, biological conditions take much longer to return to normal.

EPA moves to deliver the promise of 1972 US Clean Water Act

With 90 per cent of Americans living within 10 miles of polluted water, the US moved a step nearer the water clean-up promised by the 1972 Clean Water Act.

Acidification in the Lake District on the decline

Acid rain may be declining in the UK, according to the results of a study commissioned by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). A team of consultants led by Dr Ed Tipping at the Institute of Freshwater Ecology in Windermere has found that streams in the Lake District are becoming significantly less acidic.

US signs air pollution protocol

The US has signed an international protocol to reduce air emissions of pollutants that cause acid rain and urban air pollution.

UK publishes 'satellite' environmental accounts

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has published the first annual set of environmental accounts for the UK. These accounts, published as 'satellite' accounts in the annual accounts publication, The Blue Book, represent a major step toward the integration of environmental data into the UK's calculations for its Gross Domestic Product.

Acid rain still damaging UK ecosystems

Acid rain is still damaging the UK environment, according to the UK Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions as it launched a new information booklet on the problem.

Acid rain threatens future productivity of forests

The damaging effects of acid rain appear far sooner than scientists knew and threaten the future productivity of forests by quietly dissolving their food reserves in the soil, according to collaborative research by scientists from three US universities.

HONG KONG: Guandong joins clean air campaign

Guangdong has promised to join forces with Hong Kong to clean up the air over the increasingly industrialised Pearl River Delta. Guandong is to finance and conduct a study into acid rain.

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